Wanderers primed for Derby revenge


The Wanderers will visit Sydney FC in their second Derby of the season this Saturday night at Stadium Australia. 

The match forms part of a Sydney Derby double header with the men’s team taking the to the field prior to the Westfield W-League fixture.

The Wander Women enter the game off the back of a confidence-boosting 2-1 win over Newcastle Jets almost two weeks ago.

A double from young gun Rosie Galea as well as standout performances by defender Margaux Chauvet and goalkeeper Courtney Newbon clinched a vital win for Dean Heffernan’s side.

“Saturday can’t come quick enough, we will be ready for them,” said head coach Dean Heffernan. 

“Match Day 1 against Sydney didn’t hurt our confidence at all because we know the type of football we are capable of.”

Caitlin Cooper

Veterans Caitiln Cooper and Leena Khamis were outstanding, complimenting the younger brigade as the Wanderers held off a determined Newcastle team.

Courtney Nevin was also dangerous on the left wing with her runs and dangerous crosses keeping the Jets on their toes.

Heffernan paid tribute to the veterans in the side, giving special mention to striker Leena Khamis who played a signficiant role in the result against the Jets.

“Leena is one of the best professionals I’ve ever worked with and/or played with,” said Heffernan.

“We have a few characters in there which always helps, and the experienced girls have been excellent for the younger players.

“And to be fair the young girls have been excellent for the experienced girls as well. We are lucky to have a very enthusiastic and motivated group of players.”

Leena Khamis

Sydney FC defeated the Jets 2-1 last Friday to maintain their 100% record this season from their opening two games. 

In the season opener the Sky Blues got the better off the Wanderers winning 3-0 with Princess Ibini netting a double and former Wanderer Cortnee Vine getting on the scoresheet.

Sydney FC v Western Sydney Wanderers
Saturday 16 January, 7:45pm
Stadium Australia